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Jun 11, 2015 7:59 PM

UPDATE: Police: Gilmanton standoff suspect was drunk, taken in custody


GILMANTON - Police have taken an allegedly drunken suspect who held them in a standoff for more than 2 hours into custody.

Michael Tape, of 23 Musket Trail, surrendered to a SWAT team after they deployed nearly a dozen flash grenades into his home.

Residents in the surrounding area were told to evacuate from their homes around 3:30 p.m. as the situation escalated.

Police were first called to the home around 3 p.m. with EMS personnel after a call came in citing a drunken man needed help because a wound he sustained had reopened. Chief Joseph Collins said the wound was from a baseball bat injury over the weekend, and that Tape had received 12-15 stitches.

"He wouldn't let them in the house," Collins said. "He told the officer he was going to shoot him if he didn't leave. He also said he was going to shoot any of the other officers that arrived."

Multiple levels of gas were used in flash grenades to get Tape to leave his home, said Collins, who believes Tape in his late 50's.

When the SWAT team changed from a tear gas to a 'hot gas', it forced Collins from his home to surrender around 6 p.m., according to authorities.

People who live nearby were allowed to return home shortly after.

One of Tape's neighbors told NH1 News that the suspect suffers from a severe alcohol addiction.

"He has a problem, and he's stubborn, and that's what this is all about," said Richard Daley. "Some time ago, he chose the wrong path - and he chose to pick up the can," Daley said. "I just hope this all works out for him."

Tape has been charged with criminal threatening and resisting arrest.

He has criminal history and is known to police, Chief Collins said.

He was taken to the Belknap County Jail from the scene and is being held on bail.


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